Loading – by Ed Myers
Ever have one of those days where no matter what you do, your computer hangs, crashes and wants to do automatic updates, all while you are trying to hit a deadline? “Loading” is about this situation. Where a simple digital task can sometimes take a painfully long time, making you feel as if you were being held hostage within a machine.
The subject, with tattoos of various technological devices stamped on his body from head to toe, waits patiently. The phrase, which appears to be hand written in a black sharpie, reads “We depend on technology as if it will SOLVE our problems. BUT, what IF technology were holding us PRISONERS?” The loading animation rotates in his head, brain floating away in the background. The days are marked on the prison wall representing the days he’s felt trapped within a machine.
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Ed’s “Pro et contra” collection represents technology weaving in and out of practicality as technology evolves. From Loading, where he questions how computers can slow the simplest task to a crawl, to The Operator where he suggests we are losing memory functions within our brains. Even the frames (which Ed designed) with the reversed corners, were part of his intent. By not smoothly transitioning into a corner, they support the back and forth questioning of technology and how it’s not necessarily evolving in a straight line that serves to our advantage.